YAMAMOTO KYďSHIRď I

Stage names:

Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I In Japanese
Yamamoto K˘shir˘ In Japanese
Yamamoto Hachiroemon In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Kajű (?)

Existence: 1700 ~ 20th day of the 10th lunar month of 1764

Connection:

Adoptive father: Yamamoto Hikogor˘

Son: Yamamoto Iwanoj˘

Career:

1700: born in ďsaka. He get married with the daughter of Yamamoto Hikogor˘, originally a ky˘gen actor who became a Kabuki actor. He is adopted by his father-in-law and receives the name of Yamamoto Hachiroemon. Later on, he takes the name of Yamamoto K˘shir˘.

11th lunar month of 1724: K˘shir˘ performs in Ky˘to as a jitsuaku in the kaomise drama "ďjigawa Kogane no Mizuguruma".

11th lunar month of 1725: he becomes zamoto in ďsaka and takes the name of Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, producing at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Imose no Matsu", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ II and Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1727: Ky˘shir˘ produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Imosegami Aioi no Futabayama".

9th lunar month of 1728: last production as zamoto; Ky˘shir˘ produces at the Naka no Shibai the drama "Aioi Makura Kanae Otoko".

1st lunar month of 1729: Ky˘shir˘ and his father Yamamoto Hikogor˘ go together to Edo; they play at the Moritaza in the drama "Higashiyama Ch˘seiden".

11th lunar month of 1729: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Kamei Rokur˘ in the kaomise drama "Yahagi no Ch˘ja Kogane no Ishizue".

Fall 1730: Ky˘shir˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1730: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Nakatsugawa J˘suke in the kaomise drama "Matsukane Fukki no Ishizue".

Fall 1739: Ky˘shir˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1739: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Sano Gent˘ta in the kaomise drama "Miyakozome Kaoru Hachinoki"; his stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Segawa Kikujir˘ I and Nakamura Sukegor˘ I.

Fall 1740: Ky˘shir˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1740: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Tachibana Chikaranosuke in the kaomise drama "Yaguruma Yakata no Fuji"; his stage partners are Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Nakamura S˘jűr˘ and Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1741: Ky˘shir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1741: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which welcomes in ďsaka the Edo actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III. It includes the "Uir˘ Uri" scene and is produced by Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1741: Ky˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the drama "Yamato Ikioi Soga"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II (Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari) and Onoe Kikugor˘ I (the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘).

1st lunar month of 1742: Ky˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Hayashi Dennai in the drama "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura" [casting]. The performance is a triumphant success and is extended up to the beginning of 7th lunar month of 1742.

Fall 1746: Ky˘shir˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1746: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Oni˘ Sh˘ji Saemon in the kaomise drama "Aioi Izu Nikki".

3rd lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; Ky˘shir˘ plays the role of Shiratayű [casting].

11th lunar month of 1747: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Hasebe Ch˘bŕ in the kaomise drama "Shusse Momijigari".

11th lunar month of 1748: Ky˘shir˘ moves to the Moritaza, becomes zagashira and plays in the kaomise drama "Fuyu Botan Yoshino Dairi", which celebrates the shűmei of Azuma T˘z˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza; Ky˘shir˘ plays the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke.

11th lunar month of 1749: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Moritaza in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Bijo Kurabe Kiso no Kakehashi", which celebrates the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II.

4th lunar month of 1750: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is produced at the Moritaza for the first time; Ky˘shir˘ plays the role of Takebe Genz˘ [casting].

Fall 1751: Ky˘shir˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1751: Ky˘shir˘ plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Shinohara Gunki".

Fall 1752: Ky˘shir˘ goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1752: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Wakanoura ďkura in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe"; his stage partners are Wakayama Shinkur˘, Wakayama Bunshichi, ďtani Hirohachi I, Iwata Somematsu I, Matsushima Kiyosaki, Ichimura Sanohachi, Kirishima Gizaemon, Kiriyama Monji I, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Murayama Heijűr˘ IV and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1756: Ky˘shir˘ is the kanjiku for tachiyaku actors in the ďsaka hy˘banki.

11th lunar month of 1758: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sakata Kintoki in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Chikara Kurabe"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, Nakamura Kumetar˘ I and the zamoto Arashi Kichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1759: Ky˘shir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, "Kurokichi Shitenn˘" section ("the big four with the excellent character written in black"), is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). The 3 others actors, who belong to this "big four" section, are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamashita Matatar˘ I and Nakayama Shinkur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1760: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Miura no ďsuke in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Toshitoku M˘de", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II.

6th lunar month of 1761: Ky˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Issun Tokubŕ are played by Fujikawa Heikur˘ and Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I. The former actor suddenly falls ill and has to replaced by the latter.

Fall 1761: Ky˘shir˘ moves to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1761: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Hasebe Hy˘gonoshin in the kaomise drama "Hitomaru Banzei no Utena", which is produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1762: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tenka Taihei Kogane no Kurairi", which is produced by Onoe Montar˘ and Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1763: Ky˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1763: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Sh˘chikubai ďshimadai".

1st lunar month of 1764: Ky˘shir˘ is the kanjiku for tachiyaku actors in the Ky˘to hy˘banki.

Fall 1764: Ky˘shir˘ goes to Edo but he suddenly falls ill and dies the 20th of the 10th lunar month. His tombstone is located in the precincts of the J˘shinji temple in Edo in the district of Fukagawa.

Comments:

Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I was a leading ďsaka actor, who achieved fame for himself from the end of the Ky˘h˘ era to the H˘reki era not only in Kamigata but also in Edo where he made several successful stays. He was able to play a wide range of male roles as a tachiyaku, jitsuaku, oyajigata (in his latter years) or aragotoshi. Bud˘goto roles in jidaimono dramas were his forte. His most notable performance was ďboshi Yuranosuke in "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He perfectly delivered his lines with great vocal projection.

Question:

Was there any Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ II? The question is still open. In "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ II was recorded as a Kamigata actor, who settled in Edo in Fall 1795 and performed at the Miyakoza from the 11th lunar month of 1795 to the 7th lunar month of 1797. We've checked in the 1797 Edo hy˘banki and we've found only an actor named Kataoka Ky˘shir˘, a disciple of Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I playing in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1741 at the ďnishi no Shibai

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